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Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Visitor Overlook Trail

2006 September

View of Pond from Cafe

Construction RoadSitting at the patio next to the new cafeteria, looking over the pond, one can see the old ORNL visitor overlook, up the hill across the street (out of view in the photo above). Even from that distance, one can see it has changed significantly since my last visit.

Little remains of the old nature trail, but a new cut through the trees near the parking lot provides an adequate walking route up the hill.

Approaching overlookApproaching the overlook, the new (~2003-2005) Visitor Center building complex comes into view.  The building and displays at the overlook are gone, and little remains, other than the foundation, which plants are beginning to take over, and remnants of old display holders.

Trail is blockedNear the overlook, the old trail to the parking lot is blocked by a fallen tree.

Nature TrailThis plaque, which describes Cedar barrens as part of the old nature trail, is still legible, but is becoming over-grown and covered by needles.

Trail side view to overlookThe trail-side entrance to the overlook is barely visible through the overgrowth.

New buildings are seen in the foreground, right, in this 2006 photo, in contrast with their absence from the 2002 photo, below.
View from Overlook

View from overlook, 2002

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Previous visit to ORNL overlook (2002).

Disclaimer Fine Print: This site is personal, and is independent of ORNL or any other organization. Use of the abbreviation "ORNL" and the name "Oak Ridge National Laboratory" is purely for descriptive purposes. No endorsement, no approval, and no involvement by ORNL is implied.  

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Not one cent for scenery.
~ Representative JOSEPH G. CANNON, squelching a request for funds for some modest Federal undertaking in conservation.—Blair Bolles, Tyrant from Illinois, p. 119 (1951).

  “Uncle Joe” Cannon, who was Speaker of the House 1903–1911, served in the House for 46 years.

  President Lyndon B. Johnson quoted Cannon at the signing ceremony making Assateague Island a national seashore area, September 21, 1965: “Conservation has been in eclipse in this country ever since Theodore Roosevelt’s day. It had barely gotten off the ground when Uncle Joe Cannon, the Speaker of the House in those days, issued his ultimatum: ‘Not 1 cent for scenery.’ Well, today we are repealing Cannon’s law. We are declaring a new doctrine of conservation.”—Congressional Record, September 21, 1965, vol. 111, p. 24540. ~

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